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The Paul Lynde Show 

Paul Simms, a quiet, respectable attorney living with his wife and two daughters has his life turned upside down when his eldest daughter's new husband, Howie, takes up residence in the ... See full summary »

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Sam Bobrick, Ron Clark
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1973   1972  
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Paul Lynde ...  Paul Simms 26 episodes, 1972-1973
Elizabeth Allen ...  Martha Simms 26 episodes, 1972-1973
John Calvin ...  Howie Dickerson 26 episodes, 1972-1973
Jane Actman Jane Actman ...  Barbara Simms Dickerson 26 episodes, 1972-1973
Pamelyn Ferdin ...  Sally Simms 26 episodes, 1972-1973
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Paul Simms, a quiet, respectable attorney living with his wife and two daughters has his life turned upside down when his eldest daughter's new husband, Howie, takes up residence in the Simms' household which drives Paul to distraction. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

13 September 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Paul Lynde Show See more »

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Runtime:

(26 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Elizabeth Allen visited Washington, D.C., during a tour to promote the series. When told that the local ABC affiliate, WMAL-TV Channel 7 (now WJLA-TV), aired the series on weekend afternoons rather than in its scheduled prime time slot, she exclaimed rhetorically "How do they expect us to get good ratings?!" See more »

Quotes

Sally Simms: Dad, how's the rat race?
Paul Simms: The rats are winning.
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Featured in I Love the '70s: Volume 2: 1972 (2006) See more »

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19 May 2019 | by jameselliot-1See all my reviews

I missed this show during its run and while that was no great loss, the reruns are allowing me to actually see it. The format is standard for that time period, the anxious, put-upon father and lawyer who gets no peace at home. Lynde's snide, prissy, nasal delivery never grated on me the way it does on others. He was much funnier in his Munster episodes than on this show but then The Munsters had better writers. Paul Simms' conversations with his still attractive wife (Elizabeth Allen 43 at the time) seem to indicate that their marital relations are fading as they raise their younger daughter (Pamela Ferdin (13 at the time) who's a handful as she enters her early teens. The nubile older daughter (the late Jane Actman, 23 at the time) is married to a beach-boy style genius (John Calvin) who has little ambition. One episode "Whose Lib?" put a different spin on Simms personality when his excited attempt to hire a flirtatious, busty secretary (Barbara Rhoades) fails to his frustration when his son-in-law gets hired instead. To its credit, the show hired a slew of great, familiar TV faces like Rhoades and some social issues are tackled, in a ridiculous way ("Pollution Solution').

On her Facebook page, Pamela Ferdin wrote, "Paul Lynde could be wildly funny, but didn't like kids much and was very serious. He also had a short temper, so it wasn't a fun show for me to work on and it only lasted a year and then it was cut from the air because of low ratings." She had a better relationship with Tony Randall during her time on The Odd Couple.

I don't know if Lynde ever played Felix Unger of The Odd Couple on-stage. He would have excelled in that role.


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